Sunday, 24 March 2013


Genre:  Fiction
Published:  Jan 2013 by Penguin Books
Source:  RealReaders

About the Book:

Charley Lambert has put considerable effort into achieving a perfect life. She has The Job. The Wardrobe. And The Flat. Her womanising, junk food-loving housemate Sam lowers the tone a bit but that aside, things are peachy.
Then she breaks her leg in three places, watches her unrequited love propose to someone else and - worst of all - is forced to hand over her job to her nasty deputy while she recovers. Workaholic Charley fears that she will soon go mad.
Desperate for something to do, she discovers her talent for helping the lovelorn online. And then William arrives in her inbox. Within hours of his first email, her world starts to change. Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with this man and begins to realise that she's not who she thought she was.
But will she be brave enough to turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger?

Charley, 32, is obsessed with healthy eating, exercise and work!  She hates having nothing to do and when she breaks her leg and is forced to take it easy she is mortified.  All her plans go awry.  She becomes obsessed with a man on her internet dating website who seems to know her better than she knows herself. 

I exhaled slowly.  This was all getting a bit heavy.  And yet he was hitting home.  Quite hard, in fact.  Was I a perfectionist?  Bloody hell, yes!  I was more of a perfectionist than anyone I knew!  I crippled myself trying to make the perfect risotto, to buy the perfect wine, to be the perfect employee.  I got furious with myself if I lost so much as a tenth of a second from my ideal running time round Holyrood Park.

I found Charley quite hard to like, though she is an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing her change throughout the book.  This wasn't quite a book that I couldn't put down but I did enjoy it, it had some funny moments. 

It was a well-written and light-hearted read.



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